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The AI Super Friends assemble! (The 3:59, Ep. 115)

Should we be worried? Also: More exploding Samsung things, and Tinder gets a boost.

Ben Fox Rubin Former senior reporter
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
Expertise Mobile | 5G | Big Tech | Social Media Credentials
  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
Ben Fox Rubin
Roger Cheng
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Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and IBM are coming together to make robots brainier.

The companies' new nonprofit, named the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, points to how big AI has become to these tech heavyweights as they work to add more smarts to their gadgets and software. But it also shows how AI is such a big undertaking that no one company can develop the technology on its own.

We also talk about Samsung's reportedly defective washing machines and Tinder's new feature to help folks get more views of their profiles -- for a price.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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